Native to North and South America, this group includes both hardy and tender shrubs. All are grown chiefly for their attractive, mallowlike flowers in shades of pink and purple.
- Low, spreading shrub to about 8 inches tall, 2123 feet wide.
- Gray-green leaves to 1 inches long and 34 inches wide; pink, dark-centered, 212 inches flowers over a long period in summer.
- Gangly, hardy shrub to 35 feet tall and 23 feet wide.
- Narrow, evergreen leaves; pink, dark-centered flowers up to 34 inches across from spring to fall.
- Self-seeds readily and can become a pest.
- Responds well to shearing.
- Most popular species.
- Native to the dry, rugged limestone soils of Texas; nearly evergreen except in coldest parts of range, where it dies back to the roots each winter.
- Bears many showy, 2 inches-wide, rose- pink flowers from June to first frost.
- Light green leaves are slightly lobed, coarsely toothed, to 112 inches long and wide.
- The plant naturally grows as a spindly, open-structured bush to 5 feet tall and almost as wide, but it can be cut back in winter for a neater appearance.
- Useful for dry, shady areas.
- Tends to be short lived but self-seeds freely; let a few seedlings survive each year to replace the original plant.
- Tender evergreen shrub grows to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
- Deep green, lobed leaves to 10 inches long.
- Spidery, bright red bracts enclose tubular purple flowers (they never fully open) with protruding blue stamens.
- Needs regular water.